General Program Info

National Program through the YMCA that has been around for over 80 years.

Although we accept new members at any time, the program is active from September through June and is a great way to spend time with your children doing activities you both enjoy.

A program voluntarily run by Dads, so you know it must be easy (no cookies, magazines or wrapping to sell) and with minimal time commitment that is flexible.

There are separate girls and boys programs for children ages 5-11. Additional programs for children over 11. Within each gender/age group, there are multiple smaller groups called circles. (Please see specific girls and boys program pages for more specific information).

This program provides a framework to meet the mutual needs of parents and children for spending enjoyable, constructive, and quality time together.

If you have questions or want additional information.

Our program members enjoy a wide variety of events. 

Examples are:
  • Bowling
  • Sledding
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Pinewood Derby (build and race your own car)
  • Rocket Launch (build and launch your own rocket)
  • Boating and Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Gaga Ball
  • Swimming
  • Sports Night
  • Community Service Events
  • Skating
  • Square Dancing
  • Cabin Camping Trips (each camping trip has planned activities that vary trip to trip)
    • Fall Camp Out
    • Winter Camp Out (heated cabins)
    • Spring Camp Out
Time/Cost Commitment?
Typically 1 meeting per month (September through June). Usually one hour in duration. Rotate which Dad brings a snack and craft to the monthly meeting. Often ends up that Dad needs to bring craft/snack just once/year.

Each month, there is typically one major event offered to the group. Attendance is optional (pay only if you plan on going), but each event is highly recommended since you will have a great time with your child.

Cost to join program:

For Full Facility Family Members: 
  • No cost it is included in full facility family membership. Still have to sign up at the YMCA for the program.
  • Plus $5/yr. per person fee paid to your circle leader for group activity fee

For Non Full Facility Members:
  • $50/child/year OR $125/family/year YMCA Youth Program Membership  (Not required if Full Facility Family Member)
  • $60/family/year Program Fee  (Fee waived if Full Facility Family Member)
  • Plus $5/yr. per person fee paid to your circle leader for group activity fee

Click here to view current North Penn YMCA program.

How to Join?
Complete the registration form and bring it to the North Penn YMCA.  Once you have registered with the North Penn YMCA, dads please send us an email confirming to